Workers strike at Westin Book Cadillac hotel downtown

Union workers at Detroit's Westin Book Cadillac hotel walked off the job this weekend, pounding the pavement in protest of what they say are unfair wages. The strike reaches far beyond Detroit, though, with Marriott employees striking across the country.

Unite Here Local 24 President Nia Winston says the strike began in Detroit Sunday morning. The local represents about 160 workers, including bartenders, servers, bellmen, front desk workers and housekeepers.

A handful of workers were out early again Monday morning, saying they're ready for a 24/7 strike. 

Winston says the Marriott-owned hotel opened during the recession in 2008. She says workers accepted a contract with no wage increases for two years and "minimal" wage increases since. She says workers at Detroit's Marriott at the Renaissance Center make an average of $2 more per hour.

The hotel has not yet returned our calls for comment, but they issued a statement to The Associated Press saying it will remain open and "continue to bargain in good faith for a fair contract."

Workers also are striking Marriott properties in other cities including Boston and San Francisco.


Information from The Associated Press was used in this report